closed
snow
3 hours ago

Steep snow pack over trail until saddle. Difficult without poles and crampons.

hiking
no shade
3 hours ago

The trail has recently reopened with the rest of the Sunrise area trails. It’s an awesome hike with unbelievable views the entire way. The view from the lookout ended up being obscured due to clouds, but the rest of the hike made it well worth the effort anyway. There were a few small patches of snow that were easy enough to navigate without poles.

hiking
muddy
snow
14 hours ago

Not all hikes with beautiful views have to be difficult! Nice easy trail, some snow, but manageable with just sneakers. Beautiful views, saw some wildlife. Perfect for families with younger children! Great find!

muddy
off trail
snow
14 hours ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
15 hours ago

It was a nice easy hike to sheep lake, then some incline to get to sourdough gap and some pretty great views. If you continue onto Crystal Lake you will find a snow patch along a drop off that is doable but be careful. Crystal lake was beautiful, some bugs but not too bad. Good moderate hike, would definitely recommend!

Sun sure showed up today! We were expecting party cloudy and mid-50’s but it ended up being somewhere in the 70’s. Made the lake so enjoyable. Based on reviews of wet, swampy, mud near the lake, we packed gators (and spikes in case of snow patches), but only crossed one easy patch of snow up to the gap. We went most of the way, but parked it just shy of Sourdough- went to the great views of Rainier with the lake below. Magenta Indian paintbrush and some other beauties showing off. More that will come soon. Such a stunning hike!

Beautiful hike but there’s more than enough snow at the 5000 and above foot level.Took lots of beautiful pictures of waterfalls and rain forest beauty all in all it’s a great day

Perfect day on 7/6/20. Cool temps and mostly clear skies, which amount to incredible views of Rainier and the other nearby peaks. Some very minor snow patches between bench lake and snow lake (only 4-5 maybe?) which were packed down and had easy to follow footprint trails over them. My 11, 9 and 6 year olds navigated them very easily. Nothing you need special equipment for unless you’re an unsteady hiker. In that case, go slow and use trekking poles. Otherwise, trail is ready for the casual or underprepared summer crowds, assuming no new snowfall. Always check weather reports.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
2 days ago

I go on many hikes and this was in my top 3 for sure!!! definitely need hiking boots as you will have to walk through a bit of snow. Once we made it to the lookout around 3 we weren’t able to see any view because of the fog sadly. But the hike itself made up for that, so beautiful!! Definitely will be back again!

hiking
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful - we did the loop with the lake from the glacier and glacier basin yesterday on 7/5/2020 - was able to do the whole trail without micro spikes or poles (although I’m not sure I would recommend doing that) - some sketchy spots with snow and a little scramble to find the trail around the backside of the mountain which seemed to be less traversed than the tourist-y easy hike side, but overall nothing too crazy! 10/10 would hike again! Saw a marmot and a family of mountain goats!

on Bench and Snow Lakes Trail

hiking
snow
2 days ago

A great hike and you get some beautiful views of the lakes and the mountains. There is a bit on snow towards the end of the trail. Watch your step as it can get a bit slippery. The road past this trailhead is closed due to rockfall and the park ranger said they are expecting it to be cleared by next summer.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
snow
2 days ago

7/6/20. Great day hike. Well maintained trail for the first 4 miles or so through the old growth forest then some sections get a little rockier up higher. The Summerland meadow is beautiful and wildflowers are just starting to bloom. Completely snow free until you get just past the camp. I would recommend poles and micros for the section from Summerland to Panhandle Gap. Not too treacherous but for good measure. Although I saw a couple dudes doing it with just poles and boots. The views from Summerland to the Gap are world class! For me, I found the views to be better on the way down since you’re facing the mountain. Overall more of a moderate difficulty Id say. A must do off your hiking list. I will definitely be back.

hiking
icy
snow
2 days ago

Lower part before Frozen Lake is icy / snowy. Poles and spikes are recommended. @Nelly Garcia-Rangel: People have different comfort levels and skill sets. It's sad you feel the need to put others down on a simple hiking trail review. Truly sad.

Nice hike on July 4th, 2020. So many flowers that i hadn't seen before since i Isuzu go on September. No snow on the trail to Bench Lake. But the water level was high so was not able to get around the lake to get a reflection of Mt Rainier. Also note that if you drive down from Reflection Lake to the trail, you can't go past the Bench and Snow Lake trailhead. Because the road is blocked due to some winter damage to the road.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
icy
snow
3 days ago

Great hike. Lots of snow on half the trail. Spikes help. Need gps to follow trail. Amazing views at the pct junction.

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